Director of External Affairs and Public Relations

GOLDEN VALLEY ELECTRIC ASSOCIATION   Fairbanks, AK   Full-time     Information Services / Technology (IT)
Posted on November 19, 2023
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Golden Valley Electric Association (GVEA) is looking for an energetic individual as our Director of External Affairs and Public Relations as part of the Member Services Team located in Fairbanks, Alaska. This full-time position earns a competitive starting wage of $148,509 Annually. We offer a comprehensive benefit package that includes a Defined Pension, 401(k) match, Health insurance, Life Insurance, Short- and Long-Term Disability, Annual Leave, Wellness Program (including fitness reimbursements), Tuition Reimbursements and Flexible Work Schedule.

A day in the life of the Director of External Affairs and Public Relations can look like:

Be accountable for setting the Association's vision for Public Relations activities. Promote the Association through legislative, regulatory and media contacts aligning with the interests of the Association and our members. Use excellent interpersonal skills to establish and maintain relationships with various media outlets, legislative or elected officials, and develop and implement public relations strategies. Utilize exceptional oral and written communication skills to ensure that members and employees are well informed and connected to GVEA through timely, accurate and consistent communication. Foster a positive and professional corporate culture welcoming all individuals.


  • Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Marketing, Communications, Political Science, or related field.
  • Valid Alaska driver's license.
  • Minimum of ten years' of progressive experience in the field of Public Relations, community relations, marketing or related field.
  • Demonstrated supervisory experience.
  • Demonstrated project management experience.
  • Public speaking experience.
  • Experience with local, state and federal government policies and working in a political climate.

Notes: Candidates must submit a portfolio with a minimum of three writing samples and three samples of materials designed by the applicant (brochure, newsletter, flyer, social media post, video, etc.).

Make A Difference

At GVEA, we believe everyone deserves to feel safe. We recognize the importance of a diverse workforce composed of safe, committed, and self-motivated employees. We work together, as one team, to improve the lives of the members we serve, power economies, and provide innovative energy solutions. We are shaping the future and want you to help us shape a better, safer, tomorrow.

Ready to Join our Electric Cooperative Team?

If working in an exciting industry, powering the Interior of Alaska interests you, please fill out our online, mobile-friendly application. We look forward to meeting you!

GVEA conducts pre-employment, post-offer drug/alcohol screening and background checks. Background checks will be conducted on all final candidates as deemed necessary. All offers of employment at Golden Valley Electric Association are contingent upon clear results of a drug/alcohol screening.